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Under the ink: Tola, The Village Tattooist

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Nowadays it seems as if every man, woman and his/her dog in the western world is ‘inked up’. The last couple of decades have seen an explosion of ‘body art’. Gone are the days when tattoo parlours were the domain of Maoris, pissed up sailors and those used to taking regular holidays in Her Majesty’s finest institutions. From sports stars to Hollywood A-Z listers and right down to sink hole estate trash, everyone has gone under the needle. Continue reading

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Adjusting to life in Cambodia

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Clarke Illmatical describes his attempts to adjust to live in Cambodia and the way the locals think and behave, and on the way learns how to deal with face, why white girl / localguy relationships are doomed to fail and – closer to home – how he is perceived as a black man in Cambodia. Continue reading

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The curse of jetlag

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Bertolt Bieber arrives in Phnom Penh and is hit by that curse of intercontinental travellers, jetlag. Here is his account of experiencing jetlag in his first couple of days in town. Continue reading

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Review: The Bug Cafe Siem Reap

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Naomi Collett Ritz tries out a unique new restaurant in Siem Reap, based on Cambodia’s love of insects. The Bug Cafe features a menu of tarantula-stuffed donuts, ant-filled muffins and – her favourite – scorpions. Continue reading

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Tales of the Superstitious

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Do you have any superstitions? Salute solitary magpies, count rosary beads, throw spilled salt over your shoulder, have an irrational fear of the number 13, which is antagonised further when that day of the month falls on a Friday? Such…

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The Legend of the Aap

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Pedro takes a look at the body-less monster of Khmer villages, the Aap. “Do you believe in ghosts?” is a question sometimes asked after conversations about rice and money have been exhausted. “Believe!” is the emphatic answer. When prodded on…

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Rice Work If You Can Get It

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Pedro joins village Khmer women in the fields harvesting rice. Rice – the bane of my life. Don’t get me wrong, it’s ok and fills an empty stomach, but to be honest it lacks a certain culinary flair, especially when…

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How to Survive Alone in a Cambodian Village

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When in Rome It’s a crap adage but helpful. One of the first things you need to do is abandon your Western habits in favour of local ones. Even superior Western habits will not serve you if you cling to…

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5 Things Barangs Do Better Than Khmers

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Not eating our pets Whilst in the West pets are a source of joy, in Cambodia pets are a source of protein. Rationality tells us it can’t be more wrong to eat a dog then a pig; indeed haven’t we…

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5 things Khmers do better than Barangs

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1. Respect In the West the phrase, “old person” is so objectionable that it needs to be pussyfooted around with terms like, “older person” or “senior”. In Cambodia if you call a fifty year old guy “Tha” (grandfather), he is…

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